Let’s Hear It for CHOPs On Delirium!

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I really can’t say enough about how practical and evidence-based the website CHOPs is regarding assessing and managing delirium in hospitalized, elderly patients. Dr. Helen Creasey, who is a geriatrician, never mentions even once in this stunningly clear presentation that you should call for the consulting psychiatrist immediately for this disturbingly common neuropsychiatric complication that is promoted, in part, by hospital culture–which she also warns us about.

In fact, that’s what I appreciate so much about Dr. Creasey. She talks about the same things I do, but she’s from the internal medicine culture. It’s physicians like her who are more likely to help lead change in the hospital culture, although consulting psychiatrists are more than happy to assist.

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